Hong Kong – South African Jbe Kruger paid tribute to Nelson Mandela after storming to a one-shot lead after the second round of the Hong Kong Open on Friday.
“Our country has lost a real-life hero and wearing this (black ribbon) is a real honour for me,” said an emotional Kruger, who wore black ribbons on his chest and arm while carding a second-round 66 on the par-70 Hong Kong Golf Course.
Kruger made seven birdies against three bogeys to tally a 7-under-par 133 and pinch the outright lead.
He finished one shot in front of Stuart Manley of Wales, who added a second consecutive round of 67. Manley let slip the chance to tie for the lead when he bogeyed his final hole.
Two shots adrift of Kruger in joint-third were Germany's Alex Cejka (67), Indian Shiv Kapur (66) and Australian Wade Ormsby (68), all on 5 under. – Sapa-AP